1733The town voted to build a new meeting house for the First Parish.People and Communities, Arts and Culture, Location and Setting, Buildings & Architecture, Religion

The location of the meeting house was heavily contested between residents in the northern part of the parish, where the current meeting house stood, and residents living closer to the harbor. The next year, the northern residents defeated a proposal for financing this new building.

Babson, John James, and Samuel Chandler. History of the Town of Gloucester, Cape Anne, Including the Town of Rockport. Gloucester [Mass.] Procter Brothers, 1860. https://archive.org/details/historytownglou00changoog/page/n6/mode/2up Heyrman, Christine Leigh. Commerce and Culture: The Maritime Communities of Colonial Massachusetts, 1690-1750. 1st ed. New York: Norton, 1984.
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